BUDDING artists will descend on the world famous Rosslyn Chapel in Midlothian next week for a sell out drawing course.

The historic church, which became a global tourist attraction after featuring in the bestselling Dan Brown novel, the Da Vinci Code, and its subsequent film adaptation, is opening its doors to amateur artists for five weeks from Sunday.

Landscape and nature painter Leo du Feu will tutor participants in how to sketch with lessons focusing on some of the famous chapel's most beautiful artefacts.

His 'Art of Sketching' course sold out soon after places went on sale.

The classes will take place once a week until April.

Mr Du Feu, an Edinburgh College of Art graduate who grew up in Linlithgow, visited Rosslyn Chapel last week to carry out some preliminary sketches of his own.

His work included depictions of rare stones from the Old Pentland Estate, depicting the ancient fable about the 'King of Terrors'.

The 15th Century chapel is renowned for its ornate stonework.

Since the late 1980s, it has also featured in conspiracy theories concerning a connection of Freemasonry, the Knights Templar, and the Holy Grail.

In the 'Da Vinci Code', it was portrayed as a possible burial site for the remains of Mary Magdalene.